PARENT VOICE

The Alliance works with multiple parent groups, including the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC), the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP).  We also honor all of the work that our members do to partner with parents at the state and community level. The Alliance’s parent organizations generate and create, both individually and collaboratively, many resources that share their parent voice. It is our hope that the resources you find here will help you share and celebrate Parent Voice!

What Gets Your Wheels Spinning?

This fun one-page resource celebrates the voice of parents and how families are going positive places in their lives by building protective factors through everyday actions. The flip side offers suggestions for ways you can begin down this path by taking action today. Download it HERE.

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL PARENT LEADERSHIP MONTH

Honoring Parents as the Real Heroes

February is National Parent Leadership Month, dedicated to recognizing the important role of parents in raising healthy families in their homes and communities. This year the Alliance is honoring parents for their heroic efforts to keep their families strong during 2020. Many parents used the Strengthening Families Protective Factors for healthy ways to respond to the opportunities that the pandemic presented.

As we worked with parents in the Alliance Resiliency Project, one of the most critical concerns that parents faced was their childrens’ educational needs. The featured photograph on this year’s Parent Leadership Certificate comes from Jeanie Brooks Hawkins, a former Children’s Trust Fund director from Tennessee. This is Jeanie’s granddaughter, and the picture encapsulates a lot of what parents experienced during 2020.

Our 2021 Parent Leadership Certificate is a fillable PDF form with areas for you to customize. Download the certificate to recognize parent leaders in your organization and community.

Also, please download the social media images and help us in letting parents know how much we appreciate them and their dedication to their families.

2021 CERTIFICATE

Please use this fillable certificate to honor the parents who are partnering with you to make a difference in your communities. Besides text fields, the certificate has images fields for a signature and your organization’s logo.

Parents Are the Real Heroes

Helping us stay connected when the whole world is disconnected – parents are the real heroes.

FAMILIES ARE ESSENTIAL!

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HERO SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Our National Parent Leadership Month social media campaign is organized around the theme: HERO – Healthy Empowering Response to Opportunity. The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) has created and are sharing images and messages focused on parents as heroes. There are two images for each letter and corresponding word with activities and resources to support parents and their families in February.

 
 

Download the Images

When you click to download the images, you will download a JPEG of the image. Web links are not live in a JPEG, so be sure to include the tiny URL link provided with the image when sharing on social media. There is a suggested message for you to copy and use when posting the image on social media. This text provides links directly to the referenced resources and includes the hashtag #ctfparentHERO

Victoria Hilt, co-chair of the ANPPC, created from her home a step-by-step video of how to download an image and post it to the various social media platforms. To view this 6-minute video, click on the button below.

COMING SOON

Parent HERO Videos

The Alliance is also working on some short interviews with some of the parents that we partner with – to highlight their heroic efforts during the pandemic. The ANPPC parent videos will focus on what parents learned during this time, how their strengths have shaped better outcomes for their families and what supports they need most.

'H' Is for HEALTHY Habits

(Suggested message for sharing on social media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parent heroes you serve. The “H” in HERO is for HEALTHY because even heroes need to take care of themselves. Download this calendar to build HEALTHY habits into your hero routine: https://www.actionforhappiness.org/self-care-september.

#ctfparentHERO

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'H' is for HEALTHY Activities

(Suggested message for sharing on social media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parent heroes you serve. The “H” in HERO is for HEALTHY. As a parent hero, use some of these activities to keep you and your family HEALTHY and active: https://www.thespruce.com/fun-kids-winter-activities-2997492.

#ctfparentHERO

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'E' Is for EMPOWERING the Wins

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parent heroes you serve. The “E” in HERO is for EMPOWERING yourself and others to celebrate the small but significant wins. Check out this Ted Talk and be EMPOWERED: https://ideas.ted.com/how-to-make-your-small-wins-work-for-you

#ctfparentHERO

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'E' Is for EMPOWERING Relationships

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parent heroes you serve. The “E” in HERO is for EMPOWERING yourself and others to build stronger relationships even during COVID-19. Learn how 10-seconds can boost mental health and build positive relationships: https://www.theemotionmachine.com/the-power-of-10-second-relationships

#ctfparentHERO

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PARENTS ACROSTIC IMAGES TO SHARE

The ANPPC created these images for you to share on your social media and with your networks. All year long, but especially during February – National Parent Leadership Month – is a great time to focus on your parent partners and where you are in the journey toward building and sustaining more effective partnerships.

All of the images link to the PARENTS Acrostic, which helps guide meaningful conversations about the value of true partnerships with parents.

Downloading the Images

When you click to download the images, you will be able to download a JPEG. Web links are not live in a JPEG, so be sure to include the link provided with the image when sharing on social media.

 

 

'P' is for Provide

(Suggested Message for Sharing on Social Media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parents you serve. The “P” in  “PARENTS is for PROVIDE.  Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website at: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/anppc/#resources

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'A' is for Ask

(Suggested Message for Sharing on Social Media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parents you serve. The “A” in  PARENTS is for ASK.  Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website at: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/anppc/#resources

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'R' is for Relationships

(Suggested Message for Sharing on Social Media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parents you serve. The “R”  in PARENTS is for RELATIONSHIPS.  Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website at: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/anppc/#resources

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'E' is for Encouragement

(Suggested Message for Sharing on Social Media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parents you serve. The “E”  in PARENTS is for ENCOURAGEMENT.  Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website at: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/anppc/#resources

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'N' is for Nurture

(Suggested Message for Sharing on Social Media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parents you serve. The “N” in  PARENTS is for NURTURE.  Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website at: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/anppc/#resources

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'T' is for Trust

(Suggested Message for Sharing on Social Media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parents you serve. The “T” in  PARENTS is for TRUST.  Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website at: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/anppc/#resources

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'S' is for Succeed

(Suggested Message for Sharing on Social Media)

The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is happy to celebrate National Parent Leadership month with you and the parents you serve. The “S” in  PARENTS is for SUCCEED.  Explore the full Parent Acrostic tool on the Alliance website at: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/anppc/#resources

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ALLIANCE RESILIENCY PROJECT: Keeping Families Strong During COVID-19

Many families across our nation are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support parents during this national crisis, the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has developed the Alliance Resiliency Project. We are partnering with Casey Family Programs to provide parents with this resource.

Families are doing their best to manage their fear and stress and to reduce the trauma being experienced by their children – but they need help. The Alliance Resiliency Project provides trusted and supportive resources for parents who are members of the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN), the Birth Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP).

Caring Conversations

The Alliance holds Caring Conversations every Monday for parents to share with each other how they are getting through this time of COVID-19, what supports they need and what creative ways they have found to make the most of this trying situation. Register HERE to participate in the next Caring Conversation.

TouchPoint Parents

TouchPoint Parents work with and support parents in the BPNN, the BPAC and the BFPP. They help parents with such concrete needs as accessing technology, financial assistance and linking to resources in their community or state. Parents are encouraged to join the Caring Conversations to connect with other parents for information and support.

Learn More

Members of the BPAC, BPNN or BFPP interested in joining the Caring Conversation and accessing a TouchPoint Parent, please email: info@ctfalliance.org. Download the Alliance Resiliency Project overview to learn more.

A Parent Shares Her Story

Raven Sigure, who is a member of the BPNN and of BFPP, shares that when she participated in the weekly Caring Conversations she realized “how comforting it is to know that there are people out there who have your back.” In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raven and her family had to navigate two hurricanes this year. She says, “Children’s Trust Fund Alliance frequently called me to make sure that my family had everything we needed as Hurricane Laura battered Louisiana in mid-August.”

Read Raven’s Story

CONVERSATIONS for a BETTER NORMAL: How the Protective Factors Can Help Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

The Alliance introduces a new tool to help you facilitate conversations – in English or Spanish – about how the protective factors we have built can help us navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The tool is structured around the five protective factors, with questions focusing on each of the everyday actions. It is designed to help you create virtual conversations with parent groups, colleagues, community members and others. The questions were created by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) with input from other Alliance parent leaders and staff.

This suite of tools consists of:

  • Facilitator guide with instructions, questions and tips for the virtual conversation; the guide is set up as a fillable PDF form for easy use or can be downloaded if you prefer taking handwritten notes – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • Participant worksheets for each protective factor; these are optional handouts and available as fillable PDF forms – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • A link to a Google form where you can share the wisdom and stories gathered during your conversation.
  • PowerPoint with images that you can use or customize for your virtual conversation – ENGLISH or SPANISH

Parents Share Wisdom During Conversations

Because of the Conversations for a Better Normal tool, parent voices are being heard. Parent examples and stories have been gathered as participants shared their stories through a short and simple Google form. Click HERE to download some of the wisdom collected, and be inspired to hold your own conversations. It’s important to report back with the Google form to help influence policy policymakers and organizations who determine how best to use funding to support children and families.

Alliance Resources for Virtual Conversations

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has many existing tools on our website that are adaptable to a virtual meeting environment. This index lists those resources with links to the website page or section where you can access them and a description for how each could work in a virtual conversation. The introduction also contains some tips conducting virtual meetings. Click HERE to access the PDF index with clickable links to these resources.

List of Recommended COVID-19 Resources

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance collected these resources to share with colleagues and parents to help families stay strong during the Coronavirus pandemic. This list was shared with the Alliance’s Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) during a recent virtual Caring Conversation. Click HERE to access a PDF with clickable links to resources that may help with stress and more.

Partnership Academy Webinar Series

This series of webinars is created and sponsored by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC). We believe that there are some hallmarks of great partnerships  – and we seek to find and build those hallmarks in partnerships between parent leaders and organizational leaders. The ANPPC continues to develop tools, technical assistance and other opportunities to encourage and build exemplary partnerships that demonstrate qualities such as common values, trust, mutual respect, defined expectations, synergy and great two-way communication. We hope that you will join us. If you missed any of these opportunities, we will always share materials from and recordings of past webinars.

Past Webinars:

October 8, 2019 – Tools and Tips To Get Your Wheels Spinning — Exploring the four stages of partnership

February 11, 2020 — Bringing Your Best To the Partnership — Exploring a new tool for digging into the four stages of partnership

  • Click Here to Download the Recording of the Webinar
  • Click Here to Download Materials from the Webinar

May 26, 2020 – Activating Your Protective Factors During COVID-19 — Exploring the Better Normal Conversation tool

  • Click Here to Download the Recording of the Webinar
  • Click Here to Download Materials from the Webinar